Skip to content

Tom Brady on Robert Griffin III: “He’s incredible”

Washington Redskins v New Orleans Saints Getty Images

A Hall of Fame quarterback named Fran Tarkenton once hosted a TV show called That’s Incredible.  A future Hall of Fame quarterback named Tom Brady could be getting ready to audition for the revival (once his nose heals) when it comes to rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

He’s incredible,” Brady told Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports after Sunday’s coming-out party from the second overall pick in the draft.

Grffin’s teammates sensed it, too, and it allowed them to be more aggressive.

“Sure it did,” linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said, “because if we can continue to put up points like that, our [guys up] front can pin their ears back.”

The Redskins have had a good defense since Jim Haslett was hired by coach Mike Shanahan to install a 3-4 front.  Now that the offense is catching up, the Redskins could become one of the most balanced, and thus most dangerous, teams in the league.

And, yes, we know it’s too way early to draw broad conclusions.  After six or seven games, opposing defenses will have enough tape of Griffin to try better to confound him.  For now, though, he seems to be the real deal, in many ways.  The fact that he was able to go to the Superdome and pull out a win against a team that had every reason to be focused and motivated and driven and dominant makes Griffin’s performance in Week One one of the best coming-out parties in league history.

Permalink 62 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Rumor Mill, Top Stories, Washington Redskins
62 Responses to “Tom Brady on Robert Griffin III: “He’s incredible””
  1. clw1906 says: Sep 10, 2012 11:59 AM

    Oh so Redskin Nation is overreacting huh? Where’s Peytonsneck18? Come on we need a dumb troll RGLeaf comment! HTTR

  2. phonymcringring says: Sep 10, 2012 12:00 PM

    Brady was playing at the same time and probably has better things to do than watch tape on another quarterback, so I’m pretty sure he’s just blowing the proverbial smoke as per usual.

  3. dkrauss93 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:01 PM

    Why were the Saints motivated? There was no bounty…

  4. daysend564 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:01 PM

    The fact that he was able to go to the Superdome and pull out a win against a team that had every reason to be focused and motivated and driven…
    =========================
    Also against a team that had every reason to be demotivated and in array.

    More than likely, it was related to having their best defender (pay to injure) removed from the team.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    Saints were exposed for having a weak defense. Once Ware, Babin and Peirre-Paul get to hunting thing will be a little different. But it is a good sign for the future. Griffin does seem to be a legit pro QB based off his first game.

  6. GT says: Sep 10, 2012 12:02 PM

    Have to agree with TB12. Griffin is going to deliver on everything people hoped that Michael Vick was going to. His passing arm is a unique weapon and he’s exciting to watch.

  7. skins23 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:03 PM

    It must KILL MFlo to have to write a positive article about the Redskins.

    Get used to it.

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 10, 2012 12:06 PM

    Congrats, Redskins fans. For 27 years, you’ve been waiting for a quarterback as good–and as longterm–as Joe Theismann. Based on what I saw yesterday, your new kid may prove to be even better than Joe. He seems to have very similar giftings to your beloved legend, only RG III is even faster and has a stronger arm (hence, Dungy comparing him to Elway yesterday). Hail the future pride of the NFC.
    -Titans Fan

  9. jbl429 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    Total overreaction by everyone, and Tom Brady’s apparently not immune. He won’t be able to surprise anyone in a few weeks, after then it’ll all come crashing down. Just like it does every year for the Redskins.

  10. jason1980 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:07 PM

    Looks like the bar for RGIII is pretty high. Coming down is gonna hurt, baddddd. That was only one game, the first game of the season. There’s a long way to go, and RGIII and Redskins will soon find that out. To be honest, it was good to see them resemble an NFL franchise. Kudos for that!

  11. yankeemofo says: Sep 10, 2012 12:10 PM

    Don’t get to excited, Skins fans. RGIII definitely showed much promise yesterday, but only time will tell. Let him get a few games under his belt before we anoint him.

    He has a few defenses coming up that are way better than the Swiss cheese in NO

  12. joeytorontosucks says: Sep 10, 2012 12:11 PM

    Saints Defence isn’t exactly top of the league. Still he looked poised in the pocket, and made good plays when needed… especially in the dome.

  13. justintuckrule says: Sep 10, 2012 12:12 PM

    Can anyone score me tickets to his HOF induction ceremony next week?

  14. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 10, 2012 12:19 PM

    Robert Griffin the 3rd will be the Michael Jordan of professional football weather you like it or not.

  15. boyshole25 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:21 PM

    I was happy with rgiii but I was even happier with the d for hangin tough against that offense

  16. rushmatic says: Sep 10, 2012 12:22 PM

    phonymcringring says:

    Brady was playing at the same time and probably has better things to do than watch tape on another quarterback, so I’m pretty sure he’s just blowing the proverbial smoke as per usual.

    ___________________

    If anyone needs an inside scoop on Tom Brady’s mind or what tape the Patriots staff is currently showing the players, phonymcringring is your man.

  17. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 10, 2012 12:27 PM

    Meanwhile, the team that didn’t offer enough to draft picks to move up and get RG3 (Cleveland) had their rookie QB throw for a 33% completion percentage and 4 interceptions.

    Just think, if Cleveland hadn’t “played it safe” with their precious draft picks they could have RG3 throwing the ball to Julio Jones for the next 10 years. Instead it’s Brandon Weeden to Greg Little. Factory of Sadness.

  18. vickinabox says: Sep 10, 2012 12:28 PM

    RGII looked great – can’t and won’t take anything away from him. Hope my team can stack up against him – but still wishing him the best on his career and future.

    Greatness is what makes the NFL the best sport in the world – how could you root against it? The sport is better with Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers et al. Congrats RGIII!

  19. 2ruefan says: Sep 10, 2012 12:29 PM

    Don’t worry. If the Saints play him again, I’m sure they’ll have a better “game plan” to slow him.

    Like they did for Brett Favre in the NFC championship game.

    Amazing what a few brutal late/low hits to the knees/ankles can do to the productivity of a QB.

    And the good news is you can litigate and still have your players available even AFTER you get caught!

    Ain’t America great?

  20. thegonz13 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:31 PM

    Getting praised for one game is OK. Keeping up the pace is quite another. But I believe this kid is as good as advertised. He won’t be like past second overall busts (hi, Rick Mirer; hey, Ryan Leaf I’m talking to you too).

  21. truths4all says: Sep 10, 2012 12:33 PM

    Remember this – a major part of the RGIII’s bread and butter plays are his quick outs to the flats. He relied on that in college and Shanahan has installed it here too. Why is this important? Look for Defenses to scheme on different ways to shut that down and force him to play the pro game. If RGIII can outplay those adjustments that are coming, then he is the real deal instead of a talented rookie QB that the Redskins simply built their offense around his college game.

  22. willardj says: Sep 10, 2012 12:34 PM

    Don’t fall for Tom Brady’s mind games. He did this last year with my Eagles. I remember him and Belichick were quoted as saying that the Eagles would be the most talented team they’ve played all season. They use the media to hype up players, making them feel better than they actually are so they don’t work as hard.

  23. robmar924 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:39 PM

    He could lead to the Redskins going 16-0 and a superbowl and ppl would still comment “well he only had one undefeated season, cant wait for him to crash and burn next year.” Yes he is gonna be good and this is all overreaction. I believe we are an 8-8 team at best still but for every overreaction there are people who go to the complete extreme just to tear down what he did in week 1

  24. scoonie97 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:40 PM

    For some reason, the Skins have always played New Orleans closely.

    It was one game. Griffin made some plays and the Saints got pass happy.

    Lets see what happens next week now that there’s tape to watch.

    [The thoughts of 95% of the Skins fan base.]

  25. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 10, 2012 12:51 PM

    The most important thing about the game was that it was NOT just RG3, though he did great. The O-Line did better than it has in a long time, the defense played a complete game, and Kyle Shanahan called a good game as well- 44 rushing plays and 26 passes. If they can continue this way as a TEAM, (and keep healthy), they can cause a lot of havoc in the NFC this season, and more in the next several years as they get experienced. HAIL, sorry bout the run-on sentence!!

  26. sfsaintsfan says: Sep 10, 2012 12:51 PM

    No time for the Saints to hit the panic button just yet. Spags was concerned going into the season that the players might not yet be up to speed on his defense and stated that he has installed his defense twice before and each time the new defense gave up a combined 80 points in their first two games before they came around and started to grasp the concept. Saints defense will be fine.

    Griffin had a good game, but the Redskins defense was actually more impressive to me than their offense. If they can keep playing defense like that they have a legitimate shot at making the NFC East very interesting.

  27. souldogdave says: Sep 10, 2012 12:55 PM

    First off, I can’t stand Shanarat or his mewling son. That being said, I saw a play where Griffin was rolling out to the left, could have slid for a 1st down, but he whipped a laser,line drive, about 30 yards in mid-stride. His arm strength is much better than Andrew Luck’s, Luck was underthrowing his receivers here and there, besides 3 picks and a fumble. One game is only a beginning, but an auspicious one for Griffin. If he survives his QB-killing coach, he could turn out to be everything we hope he is.

  28. musicman495 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:57 PM

    sterilizecromartie says: Sep 10, 2012 12:27 PM

    Meanwhile, the team that didn’t offer enough to draft picks to move up and get RG3 (Cleveland) had their rookie QB throw for a 33% completion percentage and 4 interceptions.

    Just think, if Cleveland hadn’t “played it safe” with their precious draft picks they could have RG3 throwing the ball to Julio Jones for the next 10 years. Instead it’s Brandon Weeden to Greg Little. Factory of Sadness.
    ————————
    Even more than Cleveland, what happens in St. Louis next week if RG3 lights it up, and Bradford stinks it up? As I have been saying since April, I think some people in the Rams front office might be a little nervous that the guy they passed on might turn out to be way better than the guy they kept.

  29. jjbadd385 says: Sep 10, 2012 12:59 PM

    I have to admit they looked good, & they have some talent on that team. It’s well known that it only takes 1 season to go from basement to the top of the stairs. I truly wish them luck, because I’m sick of watching the same teams win.

  30. trefkennedy says: Sep 10, 2012 1:00 PM

    I’m 23 years old,you have to remember for those of us born and raised in the 90’s the Deadskins have been trash for an entire generation,after one game ppl are giving him too much praise lets see what happens after 8-9 games

  31. pastabelly says: Sep 10, 2012 1:02 PM

    willardj says:
    Sep 10, 2012 12:34 PM
    Don’t fall for Tom Brady’s mind games. He did this last year with my Eagles. I remember him and Belichick were quoted as saying that the Eagles would be the most talented team they’ve played all season. They use the media to hype up players, making them feel better than they actually are so they don’t work as hard.
    =================================
    It’s a little different here. Brady won’t be playing the Redskins for another three years. While Brady would never insult another player (like the Ravens players seem to do him constantly), I doubt he would go that positive on a player unless he either heard about what Griffin did or caught some of the highlights. Time to give the kid some credit.

  32. cleverbob says: Sep 10, 2012 1:06 PM

    I like the kid, but it’s hard to reconcile that with his obnoxious fans. Kind of reminds me of Tebow…

  33. charlutes says: Sep 10, 2012 1:10 PM

    Nothing to say today I bet eh Jim Irsay?

  34. cliffclavicle says: Sep 10, 2012 1:18 PM

    I know a lot of NFL fans don’t really follow college ball. But watching RGIII last year it was clear he was a man among boys, world-class talent AND an excellent, professional attitude and work ethic. He put on some displays at Baylor that were just otherworldly, haven’t seen anyone in his class since Vick at VT and RGIII comes with none of Vick’s immaturity and baggage. He’s no Tebow, he will excel in the NFL.

  35. firesnyder says: Sep 10, 2012 1:22 PM

    The kid is very good. I’m not even talking about his stats in game 1… he has poise, a cannon arm, and most importantly he is SMART.

    To the people saying “this is one game”; I have a feeling next week you will be saying “it’s only two games”…. and so on…. he IS as good as advertised, PERIOD.

  36. larryjames836 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:29 PM

    We must give the Saints credit you can’t play against someone that you don’t know anything about. There is no films on RGIII. So you don’t know his game the Saints face a QB with no films to study on now the next team RGIII faces will be able to study him on film. We can’t be to hard on the Saints just like you in school getting ready for a test you must have something to study from so there was know film of RGIII. Next game going to be different for the Redskins because whoever they play has a film to study off of this was RGIII first NFL game no records of him. If New Orleans Saints has to face them for the second time they will beat them, Saints should have win Sunday game but there were to many errors it’s still in the season.

  37. bigbenh8tr says: Sep 10, 2012 1:44 PM

    Just call me a hater. The most overused word in sports today. You sound juvenile calling someone a hater just because they don’t agree with you.

    I don’t want to bash Griffin b/c he played a hell of a game for a Rookie, but I would like to point out a few things.
    1. The Redskins just beat a team with no head coach
    2. The Saints did not have their defensive captain
    3. The game was played in a dome w/ good weather (much like the majority of Griffins college games were on a turf field w/ no bad weather, Fedex field has rain almost 50% of home games over the course of a season
    4. Saints were playing with a new defensive coordinator
    5. The Saints didn’t play like the Saints, little effort, dropped passes, missed assignments
    6. It was still a one possession game after putting up 40 pts. I thought the Skins were supposed to have a dominant defense?

  38. wethog66 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:48 PM

    @tennesseeoilers

    I’d rather Griffin resemble good old Sonny Jurgensen, a true Skins ledgend, then Sunshine Joey T. But thanks for the kind words.

    Sure was refreshing to see a rookie QB wearing a Skins uniform perform at a high level. I am 36 years old and I don’t think that has ever happened in my lifetime. And Gus Ferrotte doesn’t count.

    But this was only 1 game. 1 game that the Shanahan’s had a while to game plan for. With a normal work week for the Skins to prepare for the Rams, and tape of the Skins offense with Griffin at the wheel for Jeff Fisher and the Rams to study, this weeks game versus the Rams will be a good indicator as to whether Griffin can continue to contribute at this high level, or if he will come back down to earth like his fellow rookie QB’s did this past week.

    Should be interesting regardless, and fun for us Skins fans.

  39. sterilizecromartie says: Sep 10, 2012 1:54 PM

    @musicman495

    I don’t think the folks in STL had a choice. Bradford was drafted right before the whole rookie salary cap thing went into effect. That means he has a MONSTER contract. The contract probably makes it tough to trade him or to roster two highly paid QBs, if they drafted RG3.

  40. Kelly's Chronicles says: Sep 10, 2012 1:57 PM

    He was awesome yesterday and I do think a star was born. But….. I did notice he had accuracy issues. I agree with poster once there is enough tape on him we will get better picture of just how big a star he is going to be in this league….

  41. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 10, 2012 1:57 PM

    Yes he played well in one game but lets now crown him king of the hall of fame just yet.

    Once defenses have some film on him and the offense it won’t be so easy for him.

  42. granadafan says: Sep 10, 2012 2:06 PM

    Not a Redskins fan, but I’m a fan of RGIII. I like his professionalism and the way he carries himself. The kid is a stud and I’m happy that he performed so well his first game. That said, he’s going up against some tough defenses in the next few games so he might come back to earth a little bit as rookie. His future is bright though. The Skins got a good one.

  43. mojosmagic says: Sep 10, 2012 2:07 PM

    There is not a question RG3 will be franchise QB for years to come. And it proves how utterly stupid was for not being willing to give up their two #1’s for him. They ended up with an overated RB and a bad 28 year old QB instead of RG# for 15 years. Just the Browns being the Browns.

  44. bobbyhoying says: Sep 10, 2012 2:16 PM

    If he goes 6 – 0 in the division you can annoint him. The NFC East has some very good pass rushers and other quarterbacks.

  45. wethog66 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:20 PM

    @mojosmagic

    No questions Griffin will be a franchise QB for years to come? AS a Skins fan I hope you are right, but there is a while to go for Griffin to establish himself as a bonafide franchise QB. Just 1 game folks. Don’t jinx him please.

  46. jojopuppyfish says: Sep 10, 2012 2:25 PM

    The bears defense played against RGIII and Luck and turned them both into swiss cheese.

    The bears D has a habit of making teams look bad

  47. pistolpete0903 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:26 PM

    That was impressive, his poise and decision making was very veteran-like.
    Having said that, the verdict should wait till the end of the season. NO defense is not really upper-echelon; would wait until he plays some good defenses like the Steelers and Cowboys.
    But it definitely is an exciting start for Redskin nation

  48. clebrowntown says: Sep 10, 2012 2:27 PM

    hey mojo…
    the Browns did offer both of their 1’s plus the 2013 but the Rams liked the 3 consecutive 1’s offer more

    We’ll see how the year pans out. One game does not a year make.

    BTW…I am from DC so I have burgundy and gold running through my veins…and yes, I know the entire lyrics to Hail to the Redskins.
    Go ‘Skins!

  49. skins4life2009 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:33 PM

    I was impressed by Griffin, he showed that he has adapted to the Pro game pretty quick, and he’s only going to get better. I was more impressed by our defense. Yeah the score didn’t show it, but they shut down the high powered Saints offense. Less then 50 yds rushing, 3 turnovers(should have been 4), and an impressive showing by the secondary, which everybody saw as the biggest flaw on the team. Also Alfred Morris was great, 100 yds and 2 tds, another great start for a rookie. But if shanahan would’ve let Garcon come back in, whew you were looking at 200+ yds from him

  50. sj39 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:34 PM

    Kid looked good. Looking forword to seeing him in St. Louis. Long, Laurinatis, Quinn, Jenkins, Finnagin and a couple of other guys will be glad to show him the turf.

  51. jasncondit says: Sep 10, 2012 2:49 PM

    And I remember how Lions fans were so happy with Joey Harrington after putting 4 TD’s on Arizona and 2 going to Charles Rogers. How’d that turn out?

  52. damianx31 says: Sep 10, 2012 2:57 PM

    Can’t wait to see him play against a real D. Sorry, Skins fans, but your receivers won’t be able to run free against a team that knows what they’re doing on D. The Saints played some of the worst defensive football I’ve seen. No pass rush, couldn’t cover a bed with a blanket, LB’s getting trucked on every run play. Pitiful performance by the Saints.

  53. bringbacktheflex says: Sep 10, 2012 3:10 PM

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. The latest “incredible” rookie…

    Newton was shutdown after teams got hour weeks of tape on him. He never sniffed another 300 yard game after that.

    Griffin looks to be a better passer than Newton, but wait until October when he crashes back to earth.

  54. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:18 PM

    Its ONE game against a lame Saints D, Luck had to play a really good athletic Chicago D, he has no o-line no D to help him, last i check was no QB made the HOF after one GAME, give me a break, and Luck did good for having to put whole team on his back, Skins have a run blocking o-line and a 2 time SB winning coach ours was in his 1st game give the kids some time..SMH

  55. trojanwarrior007 says: Sep 10, 2012 3:43 PM

    it’s only one game but he has Peyton smarts combined with Vick speed combined with decent accuracy.

  56. skins10 says: Sep 10, 2012 4:00 PM

    skins fans overreacting would be a lie.. for one, the skins have started out seasons 3-1 for many of years now, thats a great start for any team.. so we’re not overreacting, we’re excited we won a season opener against the new orleans saints, a team that went undefeated at home last season.. hadn’t lost since 2010 in that dome. robert griffin the third walked in their cool, calm and collected and got a win. not only did he get the win, he’s the first in nfl history to do what he in his debut against the saints. the redskins completely out played the saints in every aspect of the game, defense, offense.. minus the blocked punt, special teams. and to think a rookie would sustain drives the way he did, keeping drew brees and his high powered offense off the field, like tom brady said ‘he’s incredible’.. any real redskin fan knows we have a lot to do before we can talk playoffs.. after finishing in last place over the past years in the nfc east. redskins fans know, one game at a time.. know let’s get ready for another tough st. louis team. we got a lot of football left.

  57. rodfromdh says: Sep 10, 2012 4:01 PM

    RGIII will have a rough season because the Redskins are weak at receiver . Pierre will get shut down . Don’t get me wrong I am pulling for the rookie quarterbacks , they just are working with anything . You can only scheme so much , after that you need a Megatron .

  58. skins10 says: Sep 10, 2012 4:08 PM

    wrong, pierre had 2 catches for 100+.. he hurt his foot and robert got it done with aldrick robinson, a name nobody knows.. good. and fred davis a tight end nobody cares about.. good.. oh and josh morgan, santana moss.. and lenorad hankerson. nobody knows him.. out of miami.. good. you know, i like people like you.. megatron and them barely beat the rams.. the rookie robert griffin the third goes into edward jones stadium next week. we’ll see how plays out..

  59. toonloonboon says: Sep 10, 2012 4:36 PM

    RGIII will have a rough season because the Redskins are weak at receiver . Pierre will get shut down . Don’t get me wrong I am pulling for the rookie quarterbacks , they just are working with anything . You can only scheme so much , after that you need a Megatron .

    —————————-

    the redskins arent weak at receiver. they’re actually solid as long as pierre garcon plays and he says he will next week. they are very deep at receiver and TE and have backs that catch as well.

    and no you dont NEED a megatron. what have the lions ever won with him? look at the teams that have won super bowls recently. their QBs turned their receivers into good ones but no megatron anywhere near the superbowl.

    youre wrong on all accounts.

  60. andyb053 says: Sep 10, 2012 9:40 PM

    @peytonsneck18

    Nobody’s putting RG3 in the HOF. I agree that we need to give both Luck and RG3 some time to see what they can really do. It is in fact only one game. But what about your claims that RG3 will in fact be a bust before ever playing even ONE game? Is that not worse?

  61. skinsfaninnebraska says: Sep 11, 2012 11:50 PM

    It should have been a two possession game at the end, except for that blown protection assignment on the blocked punt. Can’t blame the D for a screw-up on special teams!

    Take away the blocked-punt TD, and the defense held NO to 25 points — that’s a team that averaged over 40 points at home last year!

    I’d say that’s a pretty respectable showing.

  62. KevinRSwiney says: Sep 12, 2012 4:49 AM

    One game is great, let’s build on that and make a season. If a season, then a career and a revival of one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. HTTR

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!